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Newbie -- Possible C6/C7 herniation
I'm a 31 year old nursing student getting ready to graduate. I've not been able to have imaging yet to get an actual diagnosis of my issue. I've had constant numbness in the fingertips of my first three digits on my left hand, pain in the front and back of my left shoulder. This often is dependent upon where my arm is positioned. Also have pain in the back of my neck right around the nob. This has been going on since around Sept 3rd. One lady thought I had tendonitis in my shoulder. Another told me to take ibuprophen around the clock and this will go away in 8-12 weeks. My symptoms have gotten worse. I am now feeling pain in the middle finger of my left hand that feels like I jammed my finger. While standing, I feel waves of numbness in my left forearm and hand. I try to shake this feeling off. Overall, I have more pain and numbing sensations in my left arm than I had before. I believe that I have an issue with C6 & C7. Not sure how severe though. I have full mobility of my neck. Sometimes I feel some limitations turning my neck due to pain at the base of the neck, but this is not always the case.
I'm worried as I want to work as a bedside nurse, but if I've got an issue like this, I'm not sure I'd be able to.
I tried the McKenzie neck exercise of the retraction, but it hurts me to do it, so I'm not sure that's a good idea. I don't know how long it's going to be till my referral goes through to see someone who can actually diagnose my issue. Any ideas of things that I can do that will help would be appreciated. I've been trying to rest as much as I can, but I'm not sure if lack of movement is worse for me.